Men's Track and Field Powers to Fifth Straight NEWMAC Championship
Apr. 30, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - MIT men's outdoor track and field collected 23 All-Conference honors en route to its fifth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. The Engineers copped seven individual event victories, with record-breaking performances by seniors Ben Schmeckpeper and Nate Ball paving the way.
The 20-event competition was under soggy conditions for much of the afternoon, as intermittent rain left the track wet and the field muddy. Despite the inclement weather, the Engineers muscled their way to another league crown; defeating runner-up Springfield College by 46 points.
Zach Traina was a triple-winner for the Cardinal and Gray, winning the 100 and 200-meter dash before anchoring Tech's winning 4x100 relay. Uzoma Orji was MIT's only other dual-event winner. The reigning NCAA Field Athlete of the Season, Orji took first place in the discus and cruised to his third straight championship in the shot put. The mighty junior was upended in the hammer throw, falling to teammate David Saylor in the first event of the meet. Both competitors made NCAA provisional cuts.
Ben Schmeckpeper and Nate Ball etched their names into NEWMAC lore in their final league competition. Winning the steeplechase and pole vault, respectively, each set championship records. Schmeckpeper's victory in the 3000 bettered his own record set last season with an NCAA provisional time of 9:20.00. Ball also secured a provisional mark after clearing 15'7".